31 May 2009 Military News
- MND-N Soldier dies from non-combat related injury (Tikrit)
- May 30 airpower summary: A-10 destroys weapons cache AFNS 31 May 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistanduring operations May 30, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- Culmination Briefing: Brig. Gen. Keith Walker, May 31, 2009 MNF-I 31 May 2009 -- Brig. Gen. Keith Walker, commander, Iraqi Assistance Group, MNC-I, provides a culmination briefing
- PAKISTAN: Afghans caught up in conflict face uncertain future IRIN 31 May 2009 -- Nazir Khan, a 40-year-old Afghan refugee, recently began working as a watchman at a private house in Lahore, capital of Pakistan’s Punjab province. “I am lucky I found work; now I can support my family at least,” he told IRIN.
- Red Cross Alarmed by Situation in Pakistan's Swat VOA 31 May 2009 -- Red Cross officials have expressed grave concern about the plight of civilians in Pakistan's Swat Valley, where the Pakistani military is waging war against Taliban fighters.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Cases of Aerial Espionage against DPRK on Steady Increase KCNA 31 May 2009 -- US the south Korea perpetrated at least 200 cases of aerial espionage against the DPRK in May.
- Army modernizes military equipment: Minister IRNA 31 May 2009 -- The Army has modernized military equipment by manufacturing speed boats, submarines and drones, Minister of Defense and Logistics of the Armed Forces Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said on Sunday.
- Israel Begins its Biggest Civil Defense Drill VOA 31 May 2009 -- Israel is holding the biggest civil-defense drill in its history.
- Six Palestinians Killed in Clash Between Rival Factions VOA 31 May 2009 -- Six people have been killed in a clash between rival Palestinian factions in the West Bank.
- Sri Lanka Defends Offensive Against Tamil Rebels VOA 31 May 2009 -- Sri Lanka's foreign minister has defended his government's military offensive against Tamil Tigers, and dismissed reports of heavy weapons being used in civilian areas.
- Women Fleeing Darfur Reportedly Face Rape, Sexual Assault VOA 31 May 2009 -- A human rights group says women who fled violence in Sudan's Darfur region continue to deal with rape and sexual assault at a refugee camp in Chad.
- South Ossetia goes to polls to elect new parliament RIA Novosti 31 May 2009 -- South Ossetia is holding parliamentary elections on Sunday, with four parties competing for seats in the republic's legislature.
- S. Ossetian election body declares parliamentary poll valid RIA Novosti 31 May 2009 -- The South Ossetian top election body declared Sunday's parliamentary elections in the former Georgian republic valid, with more than 50% of registered voters casting their ballots.
- Burma's Government in Exile Plans New Political Strategy for Democracy VOA 31 May 2009 -- Burma's government in exile says it is changing its strategy to reach democracy, following the military government's decision to prosecute Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Tensions in Rangoon are reported to be rising as the trial progresses.
The government in exile, the National Coalition Government for the Union of Burma, says it will announce its new strategy for a transitional process to democracy in late June. It says the trial of opposition-leader Aung San Suu Kyi has undermined the credibility of the military's planned 2010 elections.
- State Funeral for Former Sudanese President VOA 31 May 2009 -- Thousands of Sudanese attended a state funeral for former president Jaafar Nimeiri, who led the country from 1969 to 1985. Mr. Nimeiri died Saturday, at age 79.
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